unseen theatre company: the last continent

unseen theatre company - the last continent
The Last Continent is our fourth outing to see the Unseen Theatre Company perform an adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.

Given that the original novel takes place in Fourecks (or Ecks, Ecks, Ecks, Ecks), a thinly veiled parody of Australia, Pamela Munt's adaptation manages to slide in even more Australian references than I remember from the novel.

A number of the stars of previous Unseen shows were back... the always watchable Hugh O'Connor, who does double duty as both Death and the wizard Ponder Stibbons, which is all the more amazing considering the vocal differences between the two characters.

And I always enjoy David Dyte as fellow wizard, The Dean along with a number of incidental characters... and Samm Blackmore's roles as the Island God and the Archchancellor of the Fourecks university were great.

Oh, and Michelle Whichello definitely deserves a shout out for her turn as The Librarian, an orang-utan who used to be a wizard... the costume wasn't exactly cutting edge, but she acted the living daylights out of it.

But the real star of the show was Chris Irving as the magical equivalent to the number zero, Rincewind the "wizzard". He definitely embodies the personality of Rincewind, although I have a feeling he's a much better dancer than Rincewind ever could be.

As always the sets were simple but effective, especially the red sand that filled three quarters of the stage, and the "fold out" jail cell which was brilliantly done. And it was nice to actually see the bullroarer from the story in action... I never quite understood it before, but it was quite a thing to see.

All in all, it was a good night out... and definitely a fun adaptation.

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